Cleveland Indians: Anderson Gone for Season, Kipnis Remains Sidelined

Cody Anderson a right-hander for the Cleveland Indians will have reconstructive surgery on his elbow and miss the entire 2017 season.

On Sunday, the reigning American League champions said Anderson elected to have surgery after he was diagnosed with a strained ligament.

The right-hander, who is 26, made nine starts last season for Cleveland  and most felt he would begin the season in Triple-A. However, his loss will hurt the pitching depth for the Indians.

Anderson had first opted for treatment, but then decided to undergo surgery to make sure he did not miss anything more than a season.

The decision is a difficult one, said Indians manager Terry Francona. The manager said he felt a mature decision was taken by Anderson and now everything will be in front of him and he can leave the injury to the past.

Francona added that he was sure with the work ethic Anderson has, that the pitcher will return better than before he was injured.

In addition, Jason Kipnis the Indians starting second baseman remained at least 5 weeks from playing for the team. Kipnis is dealing with inflammation of the shoulder.

The second baseman visited another doctor to gain a second opinion on his ailing shoulder and was cleared to start a program for strengthening in one week.

Francona said the time frame was near what they originally had hoped for.

Richie Shaffer, Erik Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez and Giovanny Urshella represent the options the Indians have to fill in until Kipnis is able to return.

Ramirez moved there on Sunday and will play again there during the early part of the week, but he needs more reps there said Francona.

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will make his debut in spring training Monday when Cleveland hosts the Dodgers.

Brantley missed all but 11 games during 2016 following surgery on his right shoulder and has eased his way back into playing during spring training.

Francona said Brantley feels good and will play three or four innings on Monday against Los Angeles.

Carlos Carrasco a right-hander for the Indians resumed his normal activity for throwing on Sunday after he experienced some tightness with his right elbow.

Francona said Carrasco was doing well and throwing out in the bullpen. He is scheduled to pitch for Cleveland the 24th. His wife is due to give birth at any time.

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